Ex-FBI chief of staff: Collusion is ‘absolutely a crime’

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Critics saw Giuliani's statements as indicative that the president's defense against accusations of working with Russian contacts to help him win the election is rapidly unraveling.

That wasn't the only wild assertion Giuliani made on his tour of cable news stations Monday morning.

Mr Giuliani said those who were allegedly present when Mr Trump learned about the meeting also deny he knew about it.

"In several interviews on Monday, Giuliani asserted that collusion is not a crime". "The president didn't hack", Giuliani said on CNN.

"There is No Collusion", Trump exclaimed in a tweet at 3:35 pm.

"Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn't matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!", Trump said on Twitter.

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President Donald Trump, contradicting past denials of campaign coordination with Russian Federation, on Tuesday claimed such "collusion is not a crime". "He didn't pay them for hacking". This would indicate that Trump's legal team expects either the President, or those close to him, to potentially be implicated in such a report.

During a call into Fox News later Monday, Giuliani sought to push back against that notion, saying he was making the same point that he had "over and over" that the word "collusion" doesn't appear in the criminal code.

Former federal prosecutor Berit Berger noted that "obstruction of justice can come in many different ways", and that can include tweets "as long as the intent is there".

So far, special counsel Robert Mueller has accused the Russians of hacking into Democrats' computers and stealing emails, as well as trying to stoke USA tensions before the 2016 election using social media.

His is the first trial in the Russian Federation investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, looking at whether the Trump campaign worked with Moscow to sway the results of the 2016 election. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) expressed exasperation with Giuliani's media interviews.

Trump didn't say what those conflicts were, but he said he turned down Mueller to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a second time before Mueller was appointed special counsel, and that James Comey, whom Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, is Mueller's "close friend". "They change nearly by the hour".